The British beach is full of creatures that we think we know – from crabs to clams, starfish to anemones. But, in fact, we barely understand how many survive or thrive. In Rock Pool the delights of childhood paddling are elevated to oceanic discoveries, as the fragile beauty and drama of intertidal existence is illustrated through the incredible lives of twenty-four individual creatures.
An eye-opening, enchanting journey into the miniature worlds of rock pools with a new author who will change the way you view even the most ordinary creatures
“A book of wonder and curiosity that shines a light into the strange, fascinating and sometimes gruesome world of the rock pool … immensely interesting.”
Christopher Nicholson, author of Among the Summer Snows and The Elephant Keeper
“Buttivant’s passion and expertise shine from the pages of this beautiful book to reveal the secret stories of the creatures that inhabit the wonderful marine ponds which twice daily grace our shores. An excellent companion for camera and bucket.”
Tony Juniper CBE, environmentalist and writer
“Step into the entrancing world of the Rock Pool as the author introduces us to her characterful seashore companions. Beautifully written descriptions bring the experience alive; you can almost feel the sun on your face and taste the salt air. Storytelling at its best!”
Julie Hatcher, author of The Essential Guide to Rockpooling, The Essential Guide to Beachcombing and the Strandline, and In the Company of Seahorses
“An eye-opening journey to meet the animal inhabitants of our shores … wonderful characters with stories to tell and challenges to overcome.”
Paul Naylor, marine biologist and photographer
“Her passion for life in the rock pools shines through in this rallying cry for the importance of marine conservation.”
Heather Buttivant is a writer and educator who specialises in introducing people to the mysterious wildlife beneath the Cornish waves. Her popular blog, Cornish Rock Pools, won the BBC Wildlife Magazine Blog of the Year Award in 2017 and she has appeared on BBC Countryfile. Her career has included working for Friends of the Earth and the Open University and she is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has Masters degrees in Professional Writing and Environmental Policy, a tracksuit full of swimming badges and an I love sea slugs t-shirt. When she isnt crawling through seaweed wearing waders or running childrens events for Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Heather likes to hide away and write.